Minnie Driver has opened up about the “devastating” experience of hearing a ‘Good Will Hunting’ producer say she wasn’t “sexy enough” for the role she played in the film — you know, the one. which earned him an Oscar nomination.
“When a producer — a man or a woman or a non-binary person — boils down an actor to what they perceive to be their sex appeal, it’s so dismissive of that person,” Driver said in an interview with “The Cut” published last week.
“Being told at 26 that you’re not sexy when maybe only I got over all your teenage anxieties, and I started thinking, you know, Maybe with the right light, the right shoes and the right dress, I’m fine,was “devastating,” she says.
“I definitely had insecurities growing up,” she explained. “That I wasn’t gorgeous. I wasn’t super pretty. The idea that was the motto I was then supposed to pursue, and I was supposed to try to find ways to make myself look prettier. I thank God that I didn’t do a ton of things that I could have done afterwards. … It could have been far more damaging than it was.
While Hollywood may be in a slightly different place to where the beloved 1997 film hit theaters, Driver said some things haven’t changed.
“There are still times when people say ‘she’s too old’ or ‘she’s too big,'” she said.
Driver has previously opened up about the hurtful comments, while answering a question on “Watch What Happens Live” with Andy Cohen in 2016. Cohen asked Driver to name the rudest thing someone has ever said to him .
“The ‘Good Will Hunting’ producer didn’t think I was hot enough to be in this movie and didn’t want me in the movie,” Driver said, sharing co-stars Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, and director Gus Van Sant “I fought very hard to get this role and I’m grateful to them to this day.”
“Wow, and wasn’t that the role you got the Oscar nomination for?” Cohen asked.
“Yeah, but not to be sexy,” Driver replied.